Our Staff

Elizabeth Milliken

Director of Development

elizabeth@sudc.org
973.795.1268

Amanda Brindle

Family Services Coordinator

amanda.brindle@sudc.org
973.795.1257

Stephanie Zarecky

Public Relations Manager

stephanie@sudc.org
973.795.1257

Michelle Brodeur

Family Services Assistant

michelle@sudc.org
973.795.1257

Heather Maher, MSFS

Family Advocate

heather@sudc.org
973.943.5020

Lily Crandall

Volunteer Program & Digital Marketing Coordinator

lily.crandall@sudc.org
973.795.1257

Sarah Morrison

Business Office Manager

sarah.morrison@sudc.org
973.795.1257

Amber Velayudham

Grant Writer

amber.velayudham@sudc.org
973.795.1268

Elizabeth Milliken

Elizabeth is a vibrant business professional with twelve years of experience in strategic operations and non-profit development. She brings a successful track record of achieving earned and contributed revenue growth by fostering relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations through the coordination and execution of a comprehensive fundraising plan. Elizabeth also has extensive experience in providing complete special event planning and marketing support through various media platforms.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences. She recently completed the Executive Philanthropy and Resource Development Certificate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is a Level III Certified Grant Writer and has taken coursework in Corporate Sponsorship and Sustainability Analysis Planning. She has participated in several National Points of Light Foundation Conferences.

Elizabeth lives in New Jersey with her husband, children and yellow Labrador; she enjoys the arts and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Amanda Brindle

Amanda is a passionate Programs Coordinator with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York and currently pursuing her License in Social Work from the State of New Jersey.

She has a diverse background in many areas of human services, including her most recent experience working in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network on their trauma-informed care initiative.  She lives in Roseland, NJ with her family.

Stephanie Zarecky

Stephanie lost her first and only daughter, Scarlett, in January 2017 when she was just 16 months old. Being Scarlett’s Mama, as well as Mama to Scarlett’s little sister, Eliana, is Stephanie’s favorite and most important job. Stephanie has spent over a decade of her career working in communications, public policy and nonprofit advocacy. Stephanie is the Ambassador Program and Public Relations Manager for the SUDC Foundation, where she created and oversees the Foundation’s formal volunteer program and supports the Foundation’s communication efforts. Stephanie began her career working for U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s press office and at Spitfire Strategies, a communications firm that works with nonprofits and foundations in Washington, DC where she provided direct support to her clients to develop and implement their communication strategy and training to help them do it themselves. Before losing Scarlett, Stephanie served as the Volunteer Coordinator at Animal Friends, an animal rescue organization in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to her work with the SUDC Foundation, Stephanie is the Assistant Executive Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Scarlett Lillian Pauley Foundation, a foundation she and her husband, Ryan, founded in Scarlett’s memory to raise money and awareness of SUDC and support bereaved families in their community. Stephanie also volunteers with the Still Remembered Project, a nonprofit located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, which provides bereaved parents and families Christian-based support and encouragement for a loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death.

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University. She is a grammar nerd, animal lover, hockey fan, theatre enthusiast, unapologetic reality TV viewer and amateur fiber artist. Stephanie lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Ryan, Eliana and their two dogs and three cats.

Michelle Brodeur

Michelle has excellent organizational and people skills. She is an essential part of the Support Services team as a behind-the-scenes coordinator. Prior to being a full-time mother to three children, she worked as an account executive for a large telecommunications company. Michelle and Chelsea Hilbert (cofounder of The SUDC Program in 2001) were neighbors in Charlotte, NC when Chelsea’s son died. Michelle and her husband, Etienne, were a great source of support and information. In fact, Michelle researched information about metabolic disorders and assisted Chelsea’s family with finding metabolic testing when their second child was born. Michelle and her family live in Southern California.

Heather Maher, MSFS

Heather earned her undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. At Quinnipiac, Heather’s concentration was in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She continued her education and earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Pace University in New York City. Her thesis was presented at the 35th Annual North Eastern Association of Forensic Scientists Meeting in 2009. Heather also attended the Lorenzo Di Medici University in Florence, Italy.

Prior to joining SUDC, Heather worked for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist for six years. At AFDIL, she participated in many missions. One of which, was to identify the remains of soldiers from past wars. While there, Heather gained vast knowledge and experience in working with DNA and genetic analysis. Heather is a resident of New Jersey and is married with a son.

Lily Crandall

Lily Crandall is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication. As an SUDC sibling, she has been involved in SUDC events for as long as she can remember.

Sara Morrison

Sarah is a highly organized accounting professional with a love of non-profit work. Throughout her career, she has found fulfillment providing quality financial support to businesses to maintain their health and advance their growth. She is responsible for management of fiscal responsibilities of the SUDC Foundation as well as administrative duties to ensure smooth operations of the Foundation office.
 
Sarah received a degree in international studies, with an accounting minor from the University of Michigan -Dearborn. Having grown up in Michigan, she is a lake lover as well as an avid reader, exercise enthusiast, active volunteer and a mother of three children and a Portuguese water dog.

Amber Velayudham

Amber is a skilled Neuroscience Ph.D. with philanthropic grant writing experience. She earned her doctorate from Rutgers University where she studied neuroregeneration. After her time at Rutgers, she transitioned into writing. She is passionate about understanding, expanding, and conveying scientific information. She lives in NJ with her husband and children.